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Transportation officials are asking for public input in long-range plan update

April 1, 2015

NEW_PENNDOTSetting Pennsylvania’s transportation priorities is a locally-driven exercise. It relies on the input of regional transportation planners and elected officials, who rely on input from community leaders and residents.

Most recently, PennDOT has taken advantage of technology and has encouraged members of the public to offer their views directly to the State Transportation Commission from the comfort and convenience of the home or office. Those agencies are keepers of the Twelve Year Transportation Program, which is updated every two years. It’s now time for that update.

The commission, PennDOT and the 24 regional planning partners will hold a live webcast on April 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. Acting PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards, who chairs the commission, will present an update on transportation issues, and she and other PennDOT staff will answer questions submitted in advance and during the online meeting. Read more

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PennDOT’s March Lettings Total $163 Million

March 31, 2015

NEW_PENNDOTPennDOT continued its strong, post-Act 89 momentum by letting over $163 million in projects let during March.  Last year, PennDOT ended the year with $2.6 billion in lettings, the highest since 2009 when the program was boosted by the one-time economic stimulus package.  PennDOT exceeded its initial 2014 estimate of $2.2 billion and it was reported earlier that PennDOT’s 2015 anticipated lettings will again be $2.6 billion.

At the end of 2013, PennDOT only bid $1.638 billion in lettings. Act 89 enabled PennDOT to put nearly a $1 billion more projects on the street in 2014 than it was able to do in 2013.

With the recent enactment of the transportation funding bill there is reason to see this trend continue well past 2015. Act 89, which will implement a $2.3 billion comprehensive transportation funding plan over the next five years, will result in PennDOT exceeding the $2 billion construction lettings mark for years to come. Read more

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Work Zone Awareness Week begins today

March 23, 2015

NatWZAPoster-Today marks the beginning of National Work Zone Awareness Week, and PHIA – along with PennDOT and the construction industry – join again to urge the public to slow down and pay attention as the 2015 construction season begins.

While we are all thankful for the passage of Act 89, the transportation funding measure, it brought with it the challenge of an increasing number of work zones across the Commonwealth. That means more lane restrictions, more people working in them and more drivers traveling through them.

“Some people think work zone safety is only about the construction workers,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “They think that if workers are not present in work zones, speed limits aren’t as important, and distractions are less of an issue.”

However, he noted, according to the Federal Highway Administration drivers and passengers constitute 85 percent of the fatalities caused by accidents in work zones.

“Whether construction workers are present or not, lane restrictions create challenges to drivers,” Wagner said. “Drivers have less time to react, and less space for maneuvering. Slowing down and eliminating distractions reduces the margin for errors.”

Wagner joined Acting PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards and others in a news conference kicking off the awareness campaign. To read about the event, click here.

 

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PHIA Co-Hosts Chairmen’s Breakfast

March 4, 2015

019Partnering with ACEC/PA, PHIA this week hosted a breakfast with the chairmen of both the House and Senate Transportation committees.

Senators John Rafferty and John Wozniak returned to their posts on the Senate side. The House appointed new chairs this session with Representatives John Taylor and Bill Keller. While new to the chairmanships, Taylor and Keller are not strangers to transportation issues, and both supported Act 89.

The breakfast began with introductions from each of the chairmen, where they lauded the successes of Act 89 in their respective districts, and across the state. They expressed their commitment to protecting highway funds in the face of a tight budget year.

The House chairmen also expressed great interest in further development at the port of Philadelphia (both hail from Philadelphia County). They015 pointed to the competition in port use from Delaware’s recent development and want to be active in working with the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority to create jobs at the port.

It was a packed first event in the series, and we hope to see you at the next, which is scheduled for May 6.

 

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PennDOT lets $138 million in projects in February

March 4, 2015

NEW_PENNDOTPennDOT continued its strong, post-Act 89 momentum by letting over $138 million in projects let during February.  Last year, PennDOT ended the year with $2.6 billion in lettings, the highest since 2009 when the program was boosted by the one-time economic stimulus package.  PennDOT exceeded its initial 2014 estimate of $2.2 billion and it was reported earlier that PennDOT’s 2015 anticipated lettings will again be $2.6 billion.

At the end of 2013, PennDOT only bid $1.638 billion in lettings. Act 89 enabled PennDOT to put nearly a $1 billion more projects on the street in 2014 than it was able to do in 2013.

With the recent enactment of the transportation funding bill there is reason to see this trend continue well past 2015. Act 89, which will implement a $2.3 billion comprehensive transportation funding plan over the next five years, will result in PennDOT exceeding the $2 billion construction lettings mark for years to come. Read more